Identity In Christ
For so long my identity was created and sealed by what I had been through, what had been done by me and to me. With all that, the world gave me many labels: Too strong, overly independent, hard, cold-hearted, self-sufficient, on and on I can go — until I met the love of my life. He began to deal with each false identity, one at a time. Being self-sufficient would NEVER be enough for I can only do all things through the one who strengthens me. My past no longer could make me who I was, for he created me. I took you from the ends of the earth; from its farthest corners I called you. I said, “You are my servant; I have chosen you and have not rejected you” (Isaiah 41:9). Yes, he chose me. My heart longed to be loved and to believe that he had known me all along, but my mind continued to tell me that I was unworthy, stained, and unfix-able So I had to determine that His word was true, that His promises are real for me. I came to the Father and said “Here is my heart, here is my mind, and here is my body— Restore me.”
The fear of giving up whom we have previously known and identified ourselves to be is crippling, but our precious King says — “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10). I wondered what would become of me as I was stripped of my previous identity then He said to me, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11). My walls began to crumble and my hardened heart began to become tender flesh again. What seemed impossible to me was NEVER impossible to Him.
So I say to you my beloved sister, if you are fighting and struggling to believe the true identity that the Father has already given to you, make a decision to believe His Word, accept His promises as true and bow at the Father’s feet, surrendering all to Him.
Father I pray that every woman begin to understand that as Christ hung on the cross every wall was torn down, every barrier was removed and the captive mind were freed; and that your daughters would have a life changing experience with you. Precious Holy Spirit, would you come and invade and rearrange every thought and emotion; would you heal and restore every broken identity. Let your words replace the words of this world, and let your love replace the false love of the world. Let us be overwhelmed by your amazing and unrelenting love. In the name of Jesus, Amen.
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